Carter Montgomery spent most of his life blending in, and he liked it that way. It was always better to be seen, not heard. And while a theatric streak and friendly demeanor might have fooled most people, he knew the truth—he was the shy one. The quiet kid most people forgot about. Some might have considered that a bad thing, but those people all wanted to be in the spotlight.
The only place Carter didn’t mind attention was on stage, with The Hellions. Once content in his comfort zone in Seattle, Washington, he only knew three things: confrontation was to be avoided, keeping the peace was priority, and the moment he lost Kate Parker to Professor Ryan Campbell, he had no clue what to do with his life. Playing gigs, working at Pike Place Market, and watching BBC after the love of his life sailed off into the sunset just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.
Desperate to escape his rut, he takes a cue from Kate and chooses a random place to relocate—a small island across the country, where no one knows his name and memories of unrequited love aren’t found at every turn. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect place to unwind and sink back into the shadows, in bursts Whitney Sinclair, a saucy firecracker who loves life and refuses to settle for second best. Full of contagious energy, she dares him to be brave, convincing him that it might finally be time to tell the world what he wants.
It might be time to make a declaration.
I’m sure I’m not in the minority when I say how happy I was to see Carter get his own story finally. After all his heartbreak over Kate…the best friend he loved, the best friend he took care of, and the best friend who ultimately loved someone else…after all of that, Carter decided he needed to get away.
Carter as a character is intriguing on many levels. He is both a geek, and a tatted band player. Naturally, this made me want to know him better, and in Declaration by Rachael Wade I get that chance. Know what happened? I really fell in love with this guy, and when that happens I want him to find a girl who will love him too.
He moves clear across the country from Seattle to Florida in order to sort himself out. Even though it was hard for him to leave Kate and his band mates I thought it was a great idea. Sometimes a change of scenery is just what someone needs to get their life moving in a better direction, and that’s what happens for Carter. He makes friends, finds work…O…and he meets a girl.
Whitney Sinclair has looks, a nice body, and she’s outgoing and has a great sense of humor. She’s really very different, and the best part? There’s a definite attraction between the two as they get to know each other. The biggest question is this… is Carter ready to move on…to listen to his heart and take a chance at love again?!?
This is a romance story about taking a risk on love. It’s funny, sad, and swoony. It will have you rooting for this couple to get a happy ending. I recommend this book because I truly enjoyed it and I think you will too.
My rating for Declaration by Rachael Wade:
4 big, beautiful hearts!
Quotes from the book-
“I smiled and rolled onto my side, bringing my arms around her. She wiggled against me, letting me spoon her, and I swept some sweaty hair away from her neck to kiss beneath her ear. “How do you like your new tattoo?”
“I love it. It makes me want to be a bird.”
“You already are a bird.”
“I don’t get to fly.”
“You fly all the time. Haven’t you noticed?”
“The kiss wasn’t just any kiss. No, it was a tricky little bastard, because it started out soft and gentle, but shifted gears in a matter of seconds. The moment her response went from surprise to surrender, the kiss turned hard and hungry, launching us into a frenzy of movement. Her arms were around my neck, my hands were moving all over her body, and somehow, in a span of about five seconds, she climbed up me like a tree, her legs wrapped tightly around my waist.
We spun and bumped into the counter. I reached behind my back with one hand to tighten the cross of her ankles. And then I had her sitting on the edge of the stovetop, my hands exploring the tops of her thighs. I pushed the ruffled skirt hem up and clasped on to her bare, silky skin. Her tongue dove to the back of my throat, sliding over mine like wet, slick velvet.”
“It was amazing the things you could bring yourself to do when you felt insecure, when you were out to protect your heart. You could deny it what it wants most, just for the sake of saving your pride or dodging another bullet.”
Holy mother fuck, I couldn’t breathe. I was drowning in this girl.”
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**